Top 5 Droid Outlaws Who Rival Their Organic Counterparts
By: Stacey Cline
Scum & Villainy
Smugglers. Bounty hunters. Assassins.
Reading those words, chances are your first thought was of a character the likes of a Han Solo or Boba Fett type character. While we may be much more accustomed to organic scoundrels, now and then, we have to take a moment to appreciate the robotic ones as well.
These typically supportive characters may not be front-and-center, but it can totally be argued that they are even more fierce than their organic competitors!
(Fyzen Gor would certainly think so -- be sure to check out last month's Last Shot!)
Guri was a one-of-a-kind human replica droid created by Imperial Researchers for Black Sun crime lord, Prince Xizor.
A near perfect human replica, Guri dealt with much of the day-to-day Black Sun operations as well as serving as an assassin for Xizor. She even arranged an attempt on Luke Skywalker’s life before the fall of the Black Suns.
Guri sought her creator on Hurd’s Moon to expunge her assassin programming and went on to be a mercenary before serving as the template for future human replica droids.
Guri can be found in Rebel Dawn and Shadows of the Empire.
A phlutodroid secretly created by Holowan Laboratories, IG-88 became one of the most ruthless bounty hunters in the galaxy--even rivaling Boba Fett.
His droid programming was incomplete, causing his obsession with hunting and killing to flourish. During his time as an assassin and bounty hunter, IG-88 spent time hunting down many high profile targets such as Leia Organa and eventually took a job from Vader hunting Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon.
The tough metal of his body could swivel to blast opponents from all sides, as well as allow him to escape confrontations with little or no damage--making him nearly indestructible! Not to mention the stockpile of weapons he carried from blasters, to pulse cannons, to poison darts.
Taking all of this into consideration, it is clear why he was revered as one of the elite bounty hunters in the galaxy.
IG-88 can be found in Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88, The Empire Strikes Back novelization, and in several comic series.
His name was an acronym for “Love Of Money”, he had an insect-like appearance, and he overrode his own programming out of sheer boredom, so it’s no surprise that 4-LOM became a calculating thief and fearsome bounty hunter.
He often worked with his fellow bounty hunter Zuckuss; completing several bounties together for the Hutt Cartel. 4-LOM even had aspirations of becoming intuitive and using the Force!
However, after being severely damaged during a mission, he lost those ambitions and memories--becoming more cold and relentless in his work and taking even the most shady of jobs without question.
The determination to gain intuition while knowing the impossibility of the task, combined with his grave injuries that caused his memory loss, 4-LOM’s appeal goes much deeper than his murder-for-hire character arc.
4-LOM can be found in the pages of Star Wars Missions 11: Bounty Hunters vs. Battle Droids, the Shadows of the Empire comics, and in The Empire Strikes Back movie and novelizations.
2. 0-0-0 & BT-1
A sadistic version of C-3PO, 0-0-0 and his red eyes makes a terrifyingly fun addition to the Expanded Universe. His companion, BT-1, was a blastomech droid reminiscent of a bloodthirsty R2-D2, and for the past few years, they have definitely made their mark.
Both droids were part of the Tarkin Initiative, were reactivated by Dr. Aphra and Darth Vader, and loved murder and torture; jumping at the chance to execute any living creature. Triple Zero carried a Mandalorian Xenotoxin in his finger, and at one point BT-1 went head to head with his lighter counterpart, R2-D2.
While serving both Vader and Aphra, this robo duo was sent on several missions to acquire information about Padme’s funeral, as well as briefly capturing Luke Skywalker, and at one point, Vader sent them to find Dr. Aphra, who had been on the run.
These exceptionally bloodthirsty droids were witty and creative in their aggressions, comfortably securing their spot on your list.
You can find your new favorite robotic duo in the Star Wars: Darth Vader, Star Wars, and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic series.
HK-47 was constructed by Darth Revan to hunt not only Jedi, but any target that Revan felt was a galactic threat.
He was far beyond eager to act on his murderous programming and viewed himself as superior to all other beings, both droids and organics. He possessed a quirky speech pattern where he prefaced each statement with the type of statement he was going to deliver.
“Statement: Indeed, I am most eager to engage in some unadulterated violence. At your command of course, Master."
HK-47 displayed obedience only to his master, but openly held no respect for anyone else, referring to all other organics as “meatbags”. Proficient in open combat as well as stealth operations, HK-47 was not an opponent you’d want to come up against, especially if you were a Jedi.
As a master Jedi hunter, he utilized specific weapons to combat against lightsabers and enjoyed attacking Jedi Padawans to lure the Jedi to sacrifice themselves to save their allies.
HK-47 can be found in Red Harvest and the Knights of the Old Republic comics and video game.
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About Stacey Cline
Stacey lives in North Carolina and works in an office by day. She is a ‘round-the-clock Star Wars fan and enjoys discussing fan theories, movie tie-ins, and all sorts of Star Wars jargon with anyone who will listen. When she's not thinking about a galaxy far, far away Stacey can be found spending time with her family, enjoying a margarita on the rocks, or pretending to be a chef.
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